Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo "Freddie" G. Marañon, Jr. is inviting Vice Governor Genaro "Lim-ao" Alvarez, members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and municipal and city mayors as he celebrates his birthday today at the Nature’s Village Resort Hotel in Talisay City.
Marañon’s birthday will be highlighted by a 10 a.m. thanksgiving mass to be officiated by Fr. Armand B. Onion of Our Lady of he Most Holy Rosary Parish.
A short program follows where a tribute will be given to the top Capitol executives by beneficiaries of his flagship programs—agriculture sector, para-vets from the livestock group and other sectoral representatives, congressmen, mayors, department heads and provincial government employees, among others.
The proposed annual budget for 2013 for the province of Negros Occidental to the tune of P2.2 Billion was disapproved by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan in a vote of five in favor and nine against after almost three hours of deliberation during its regular session yesterday, December 19, 2012.
The five are said to be allies of Negros Occidental governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. while the nine are with vice governor Genaro Alvarez who are both running for governor in the 2013 elections.
Provincial Capitol employees will be happier this Christmas with the unanimous approval by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan the P43 million productivity enhancement incentive (bonus) during the special session last Tuesday.
The said amount is included in the P81 Million Supplemental Budget No. 6 which was submitted for approval by the governor.
This entitles each Capitol employee to receive P35,000 PEI this December while the P25,000 each will be released in January 2013 or a total bonus of P55,000 for each employee.
For lack of quorum, the two legislative bodies of Bacolod City and the province of Negros Occidental failed to hold their respective regular sessions on Wednesday. But some quarters say it was due to political reasons.
Out of 15 provincial legislators, only 7 members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (provincial board) of Negros Occidental were present for the session on Wednesday when the order was called by presiding officer Vice Gov. Genaro Alvarez.
An Australian firm from which the Provincial Capitol bought 5,840 sheep costing P82 million will refund the payment for lacking and dead sheep, Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena yesterday said.
The Provincial Capitol had bought 5,840 sheep but only 5,760 arrived in the shipment, so 80 sheep were lacking, he said.
Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. has encouraged Negrenses to breed sheep, as he envisions the province to be the “Sheep Capital of the Philippines.”
“We encourage people who are willing to engage in sheep breeding,” the governor said, when asked of the updates of the public hearing on sheep yesterday.
Around 2,300 employees of the Negros Occidental provincial government will receive an additional bonus of P18,000 each starting Thursday, Board Member Salvador Escalante Jr. said.
Escalante, chairman of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) Committee on Finance, said the SP approved in its regular session Wednesday the fund for the workers’ bonuses.
Of the said amount, P15, 000 is for performance bonus and P3,000 for anniversary bonus, he said.
Occidental to help Oriental
The Negros Occidental provincial government will give assistance to Negros Oriental for its earthquake-stricken towns and cities, Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday said.
The governor could not disclose yet the amount of the financial assistance, as it will still be discussed and approved by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) during its regular session today.
Some groups call the new revenue tax code of Bacolod City as illegal.
Ronald Ian Evidente of the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) is urging taxpayers not to pay taxes because the new code is “illegal, unjust and morally wrong” and “increasing taxes is a strategy of the city to be able to pay loans aside from the shrinking revenues.”
He blames city officials for the millions of loans for infrastructure projects without anticipating the consequences.
Ten out of the 16 members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Negros Occidental are millionaires, based on their Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALNs) filed last year, which were released to the media last Wednesday.
Board Member Melvin Ibañez of the 5th District is the richest among them with reported assets of P43,050,186.91, liabilities of P11,218,000 and a networth of P31,832,186.91.